ACRATH Calendar 2018

ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign

Human Trafficking and Slavery

Campaign to Halt Forced Labour

Education Resource Now On-line

Temporary Migrant Workers in Australia

Posted in November 29th, 2017
by ACRATH

Wage Theft in AustraliaSurvey Exposes Exploitation

Research conducted by the University of NSW and The University of Technology Sydney found that 30 per cent of temporary migrant workers in Australia earn $12 an hour or less, while fruit and vegetable pickers, petrol station attendants, car washers and child-care workers routinely suffered wage theft.

The National Temporary Migrant Work Survey is the most comprehensive study of wage theft and working conditions among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants in Australia. The survey draws on responses from 4,322 temporary migrants across 107 nationalities of every region in the world, working in a range of jobs in all states and territories. Its unprecedented scope indicates the breadth, depth and complexity of non-compliance with Australian labour law. Download a copy of the report here.

We Are Part of the Problem

Posted in November 29th, 2017
by ACRATH

 Ethical Symbols2Buying Good and Services is a Moral Choice

In an article recently written by ACRATH member Sr Margaret Ng, we are reminded that because of our consumer habits we are part of the problem when it comes to the existence of slavery in our world today. We are constantly demanding cheaper goods and service. She challenges us to be mindful of the supply chain of good when we are purchasing products and make ethical choices. For example we can look for chocolate, tea and coffee carrying the Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ logos. Download her article here.

 

Leave No One Behind

Posted in November 25th, 2017
by ACRATH

16 Days UN logo 2018End Violence Against Women

The International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women is celebrated each year on 25th November. The theme of this day for 2017 is Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Children. In a recent report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, stated:

“Gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.”

Let us be advocates for change and speak out to end violence against women and children. ACRATH suggestions can be found hereRead more…

Uzbekistan Cotton Update

Posted in November 23rd, 2017
by ACRATH

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Over a number of years ACRATH has joined with other organisation in campaigning against the use of child and forced labour in the Uzbekistan Cotton Industry. It seems our efforts are bearing fruit. Human Rights Watch has reported:

“President Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed forced labor in his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 19. It was the first time an Uzbek president has acknowledged the issue on the international stage, after a decade of campaigning by the Cotton Campaign and allies and international pressure from governments and other stakeholders. Forced labor was raised again in a meeting with the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, on September 20.

On September 21, 2017, Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov ordered officials to recall students and education and medical workers, who had been picking cotton under threat of penalty since the harvest began on September 10, despite an August degree banning recruiting these workers. Students began to leave various regions for home later on September 21.”

Such developments give us hope that child slavery and forced labour will be eliminated from the Uzbek cotton industry. Read more…

Women Judges and Prosecutors Meet in the Vatican

Posted in November 21st, 2017
by ACRATH

Vatican Summit Shares Best Practices

Women judges and prosecutors from all around the world recently met for two days in the Vatican to discuss the dangers of organized crime and combat the modern slavery of the 21st century, human trafficking. The Summit was organised by the Pontifical Academy of Science. Participants valued the opportunity to meet and learn from each other. Read more…

What She Makes

Posted in October 30th, 2017
by ACRATH

OXFAM Campaign for a Fair Wage for Garment Workers

Did you know the women who make our clothes aren’t paid enough to escape poverty. No matter how hard they work, they can’t afford basic food and shelter for their families — wages are just too low. A life of poverty can leave people vulnerable to human trafficking and slavery.

Stand in solidarity with the woman who make our clothes. Join the OXFAM led campaign to let big brands know loud and clear that the women working in their factories, making my clothes must be paid a living wage.  Read more…

NSW Inquiry into Human Trafficking

Posted in October 30th, 2017
by ACRATH

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Throughout 2017 the NSW Government has been conducting an inquiry into human trafficking. Following a call for submissions, public hearings were conducted. On 19th October the Inquiry Committee tabled the report of its finding in the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament. A copy of the report along with submissions, transcripts of the public hearings and other information can be accessed on the Parliament website here.  ACRATH took an active part in this inquiry (see submission number 12).

16Days

Posted in October 28th, 2017
by ACRATH

Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2017 is:

Together we can end Gender Based Violence in Education

The campaign looks at the different forms of violence that women and girls face. The theme this year is, ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all!’

Human trafficking is one of the greatest examples of violence against women and girls.  Human trafficking is a $150 billion global industry – and growing. As well, millions of women and girls are forced to work in terrible conditions for little pay and no chance of an education.

Join the campaign

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Contact

To find out more about ACRATH’s 16 Days campaign contact rap@acrath.org.au.

ACRATH News

Posted in October 24th, 2017
by ACRATH

acrath-logo-2015ACRATH Newsletter October 2017

The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. This issue gives an update regarding the campaign for a Modern Slavery Act. ACRATH has been very active in this campaign.

Join the Campaign
You are invited to join with ACRATH in advocating for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Page 1 of the ACRATH Newsletter gives you guidelines on how you might do this.

ACRATH’s success in receiving a further twelve month grant from the Federal Government and recent ACRATH achievements are also outlined in the October Newsletter which can be downloaded here.

ACRATH Calendar 2018

Posted in October 12th, 2017
by ACRATH

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The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2018 edition continues to:

  • promote awareness of human trafficking issues
  • promote ACRATH and its work
  • showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations, worldwide and within Australia
  • fundraise for ACRATH’s work
  • provide some income for a project in South East Asia supporting victims of human trafficking

The Cost of the Calendar is $10 (GST Free). Download an order form here.

C 2011 ACRATH Inc – Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans